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... a classic Tour climb and one that has been used repeatedly over the years. While painful, it was also beautiful. We topped out and had a bite to eat before descending into Valloire. From Valloire the real fun began. 18km to the top of the Col de Galibier, and it was a BEAST!! Several folks only made it to the 12km mark before bailing out and jumping in the van. Most of the ride was on slopes of 8+% ...
... and then began a long climb up the Col De Mollard. At the top of this climb the pro riders earn points for the "King of the Mountain" points competition. The KOM is a competition within the 3-week TDF race. The rider who earns the most points wears the white and red polka dot jersey. Points are earned for being the one at the top of the most climbs. A rider may earn the most points yet not win the overall race.
For those of you not very familiar with Pro cycling and ...
... surrounding mountains as well as the valley below. The only down side is there was no shade and it was getting very hot.
After eating some lunch we walked around. We went to a small church right by the edge of the cliff. From here you could see part of the road up Lacets de Montvernier. I really wish we could have gone up this section but I will have to save that for another trip. We then made our way into the small town and I was very happy to cool off with some ice ...
... probably stood a good 10-12 feet and was made completely of hay. I am curious if this survives the winter or if this was just for the season.
From the top of the Telegraph we had a 3-4km decent and entered the great town of Valloire. This is a very nice little ski town with many hotels, restaurants and shop. We had no time to stop however as we still had a lot of climbing to do. Once leaving the town I saw our first kilometer marker of the day marking the ...
... new “flat”
since we had been climbing so much, 3% seemed like a piece of cake. At the top
of the Aravia we had an amazing view of Mount Blanc, which is the highest
mountain in the Alps topping out at 15,771 feet. Our ride leader said it was
rare to see the peak as it is usually covered in mountains.
From here we did a super long decent back into the valley.
At the bottom we took a vote, continue as planned and climb another ...